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How To Care For Granite

Granite is a natural rock that humans, in all our capacity for technology and creation, have never learned how to duplicate exactly. At Sal's Marble & Granite in Jacksonville, Florida, we sell the best natural granite slabs and stonework for your home improvement and home renovation projects. While we can't make it, we do shape it to meet our customers' needs.

With its abundance of highly sought-after qualities — including scratch-resistance, stain-resistance, and heat-resistance — granite is a favorite for many homeowners and businesses when they want to add both durability and style to any room. With its timelessness, granite will become a nearly permanent part of any building. Its long-lasting durability means that you will not have to replace it every few years like most synthetic products. Even so, proper granite care is still necessary for the stone to retain its beauty.

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The Facts About Granite

While very durable, granite is not impervious to staining and wear. Though resistant to stains, granite is also a porous stone and will actually absorb any liquid left for too long on its surface, causing dark spots and discolorations. For optimal stain-resistance, a highly durable sealant coating is placed on the granite when it is installed. This sealant coating will need attention over time as part of general granite maintenance in order to keep your surfaces looking their best for years to come.

Avoid Exposure to Abrasive or Hot Surfaces

Granite is scratch-resistant. This means that it should not show wear and tear as readily as synthetic products or ceramic tile. However, this does not mean your countertops should be used as cutting boards, nor should cleaning products such as steel wool or comet be used to clean them. Harsh chemicals or abrasive surfaces can dull the sealant coat and expose the granite to the possibility of stains.

While granite is heat-resistant, it is still wise to place a barrier between the granite and hot pans. When taking items from the stove or oven, instead of placing them on the granite directly, try placing a trivet, thick towel, or hot pad between your pan and counter surface. Measures like this, while not strictly necessary, will help preserve your granite surfaces for longer. Over time, the stress from hot objects can begin to show by dulling the sealant.

Use Mild Products for Cleaning

To care for your granite and improve its long-lasting durability, you will need to make sure it's cleaned properly. Simply wiping up spills as soon as they occur and avoiding abrasive agents or scrubber pads would be ideal. To keep the surface clean, a simple, mild cleaning solution such as dish soap or a gentle multi-surface cleaner should be used on a daily basis. Spray or wipe the cleaner onto the granite's surface, and then rinse off with a damp cloth. Dry the surface with a lint-free cloth to reduce water spotting or lint trails.